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I am now seeing Ruby-throated Hummingbirds here in my yards.  Because I have four hanging pots full of pink and purple flowers on my front porch, my yard is popular with not only the Carolina Wrens, but also the hummingbirds.  I have only seen the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds here and not any of the Rufus.  These tiny little birds are truly fantastic.  They have long thin bills which they use to gather nectar in tube-like flowers.  They hover and beat their wings quite fast.  They are quick in flight.  I like how they look with their emerald-green feathers and white-collar with a bright pink-to-red colored band just at the neck.

The hummingbirds love the nectar that they collect from flowers.  They are naturally attracted to pink, red, purple and orange flowering plants.  I do have a hummingbird feeder, but I have not yet seen any of the tiny birds using it.  Of course, with all the natural nectar around, well, why bother?  When my Fuchsia plants stop blooming, then the feeder will become more attractive to the birds.  These hummingbirds have travelled a long way as they Winter in Central America and in Southern Texas.  I took these pictures from my front window on May 27, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "First Ruby-throated Hummingbirds Here This Year" (12)

  1. these are so beautiful! getting to see them feeding naturally on blooms is a real treat for me! we have some trumpet vines but they’re not quite blooming yet so all our nectar-lovers go to the feeders. 🙂

    • Hi Texwisgirl, Nice that you also have these beautiful little birds. Soon you’ll have those Trumpet blossoms opening and then your hummingbirds will be wild with joy! Have a great day!

  2. Sure nice to see them around, isn’t it! They are especially beautiful feeding on your Fuchsias! Our summer hummers are here now: we just put up a second feeder for them and it’s busy even though there are flowers all over the place now.

    • Hi Montucky, I do enjoy having hummingbirds here. We also even have hummingbird moths which are so close to looking like birds from a distance it surprises one to find that they are really moths. Imagine! Glad you have your hummingbirds there at your place. Have a really nice afternoon and evening!

  3. They are so hard to get pictures of!! They dart, and their wings beat at the speed of sound or something. Good job!

  4. Glad you have them there, Linda. We have seen a few–but not many. I have two nectar feeders out –but don’t have many flowers which they like. We do usually only get the Rubies here –and not many Rufus ones..

    Have a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend.

    • Hi Betsy, Thanks! We enjoyed the Volunteer Fire Dept. Pancake Breakfast fund-raiser this AM. I am so happy and am enjoying all the birds and the baby ducks and geese here quite a lot. Hummingbirds, too! Have a super nice evening and day tomorrow!

  5. Love hummingbirds … I have not seen any, yet. However, I am sure they are on their way .. the
    wild flowers are just starting to bloom and that always signals their arrival. Rumors have it the orioles have arrived .. time to get the oranges out.
    Have a great bird watching weekend.

    • Hi Bearyweather, Thanks! I’m sure that those hummingbirds are winging their way up to your area right now. You’ll be enjoying them soon. Have a wonderful evening and a great day tomorrow!

  6. Beautiful pic’s of the hummers. And I love the fuchsia plant. I only see the Ruby throated hummers here.

  7. Such pretty photos of the hummingbirds! I’ve seen a few this spring, but not many. I have only seen ruby throated hummingbirds as well.

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